Date 30/04/2018 Total price, inc booking fee £20+BF Time 19:00 Age restrictions None

Join us for an evening with celebrated US author Marilynne Robinson. Her trilogy – Home, Gilead and Lila – set in “a dogged little outpost in Iowa” – was published over several decades and won her the Pulitzer Prize (Gilead) and the Orange Prize for Fiction (Home). In 2012 She was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama, for “her grace and intelligence in writing”. Obama, an admirer of her novels, later interviewed her for the New York Review of Books, when they discussed democracy, faith, and the importance of fiction.

In a new collection of essays, What are We Doing Here?, Robinson turns her razor-sharp mind to contemporary American politics, democracy, the media and faith. While she explores the long tradition of thinkers about America, including Emerson and de Tocqueville, she also tackles the modern political climate. More recently she wrote a scathing reflection on Donald Trump’s first year of presidency, denouncing it as an example of a loss of mutual respect – and therefore a risk to the very meaning of democracy.

Join her for a discussion about her life in writing, modern politics and theology.

Tickets are £20 or £33 including a copy of What Are We Doing Here? (RRP £18.99).

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

Wheelchair users and visitors who require an assistant may bring a companion free of charge. To book a free companion ticket please email